Our friends were detained by heavy traffic.
When police keep a suspect at the station for questioning, this is an example of a situation where the police detain the suspect.
The police detained several suspects for questioning.
Origin of detain
- Middle English deteinen from Old French detenir from Vulgar Latin dētenīre from Latin dētinēre dē- de- tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French detenir.